Garden Plants for All Soul’s Day

Halloween celebration is still a foreign idea to me.  Around this time, our thoughts are on our plans for All Soul’s Day.

Since 2006, this has been our All Soul’s Day flower arrangement for our loved ones.

It was just a makeshift cross. Floral foams are attached to secure the flowers in place. We then spray water on the foam and flowers to keep them fresh. Every year, we just replace the flowers.

The cross is only made of scrap wood. The wood has deteriorated that last year, we can no longer hang it. It was place on top of the tomb instead.

This year, the wood is too brittle to use. We had to discard it. We can no longer use it.

Flowers around this time are expensive We used to buy this yellow flowers at P25 for three bunches for the altar on a weekly basis.

When we asked the flower vendor for the price early this week, it already cost P20 per bunch. We did not buy this time.

My aunts remembered that we have these plants in our garden.

 These garden flower were offered to our loved ones.

We passed by these flowers in the cemetery pathways.

I told my aunt that we should plant this type of flower in our garden so we can use them next year. She said she already did. I hope the plant grows well.

Did you also visit your loved ones in the cemetery?

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The Circle of Life

I attended two wakes in July.   It was sad. Both deaths were so sudden.  They were relatively young at 39 and 42.  It was a reminder for me to take care of my health.  One day, my body will catch up on my bad eating habits.

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My aunt and I had a discussion this morning. She was sharing what she learned from watching a show about money, savings and investment. An expert said something about setting aside a third of your monthly salary for savings and divide the remaining amount into 4.  The quotient should be your weekly budget.  My aunt was quick to do the math and she realized, her money was not enough. We had a good laugh at our discussion. I guess she just has to earn more.  I remember reading about Timothy Sykes and how he was able to invest his money through penny stocks. Tim Sykes  was still his 20’s  when he started investing. I believe this Chinese proverb also applies to investing: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

The sad events of July was trumped with two happy ones. I had godmother duties to two cute boys. I always feel honored when friends ask me to be the godmother of their babies. Godparents are the child’s second parents.

Yesterday, my friends welcomed the birth of their first child.  What a sweet blessing to end July!

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No, that is not my friends’ child. 😀  The photo is too cute not to share.

A friend found this beautiful video about death and shared this on Facebook.

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